On March 25 and 26, 2022, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office investigators and representatives from CDCR Parole and the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office conducted a sex offender registration compliance sweep throughout the County of Humboldt.
During this sweep, law enforcement attempted to contact approximately 100 registered sex offenders to ensure each offender was in compliance with state requirements. Pursuant to California Penal Code 290, sex offender registrants are required to register in person with the law enforcement agency that has jurisdiction where they reside. The registrants must also comply with several registration requirements, such as updating their registration annually and informing law enforcement when any changes have been made to their address or registration information. Failure by a sex registrant to keep law enforcement notified of an address change or registration information is a crime and can be punished as a felony or misdemeanor.
During the compliance sweep, 11 registrants were found to be out of compliance. Two registrants were arrested, and one registrant was cited as a result of this operation. Additionally, four registrants were determined to have absconded, and warrants will be requested for their arrest.
Detectives are completing follow up investigations into the remaining individuals found to be out of compliance and anticipate cases to be submitted to the District Attorney’s Office for review.
This month’s operation is part of an ongoing effort to do smaller, more frequent 290 sweeps to reduce violent sexual offenses in the county through proactive surveillance and arrest of habitual sexual offenders, and strict enforcement of state registration requirements. The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office involvement in this enforcement effort is funded through the Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement (SAFE) grant.
The Humboldt County Sheriff's Office would like to thank participating agencies for their assistance in this operation.
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